How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

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How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:08 pm

Accepted a district court clerkship, and the acceptance letter said that about 6 months before my start date I would start the background check process. My question is specifically about drugs. Are clerkship background checks like other government jobs where they ask if you've taken any illegal drugs within the past X years?

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:14 pm

No, they don't ask about drugs. It's just like an average job application - in the past 10 years have you been convicted of a crime, court-martialed, or fired, are you currently pending charges, and are you delinquent on a federal debt. Not rigorous.

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:12 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:No, they don't ask about drugs. It's just like an average job application - in the past 10 years have you been convicted of a crime, court-martialed, or fired, are you currently pending charges, and are you delinquent on a federal debt. Not rigorous.


This. Atleast in my district.

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby hiima3L » Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:40 am

I've never heard of any judge ask about drug use, much less tested for it. I think there are TLS rumors that some COAs will do more thorough background checks that include drug use if they have sensitive pending cases. I think I remember reading that the DC Cir did really thorough checks when they had pending terrorism and Gitmo cases...or something.

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby fats provolone » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:07 am

whatcha smoking braj

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:27 pm

Alright, thanks all. It's D.D.C., if that matters at all, though not a FISC judge.

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby BlueLotus » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:32 pm

Would clerkships or federal jobs ask/investigate about college disciplinary matters? In addition, do they ask if you've taken any illegal drugs within the past X years? I'm interested in EOIR.

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:39 pm

I think EOIR is the "national trust" (or whatever it's called) background check, which does ask for drug use in the last 7 years. I don't think it asks about educational discipline, just employment-related.

Clerkships just do an employment application asking standard employment stuff, not a background check. EOIR and other DOJ gigs do an actual background check.

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby BlueLotus » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:44 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:I think EOIR is the "national trust" (or whatever it's called) background check, which does ask for drug use in the last 7 years. I don't think it asks about educational discipline, just employment-related.

Clerkships just do an employment application asking standard employment stuff, not a background check. EOIR and other DOJ gigs do an actual background check.



Will MJ use in the past 7 years be a bar for EOIR?

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Re: How rigorous is clerkship "background check"?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:46 pm

I doubt it, unless it was extensive and recently.




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